5 ways cybercriminals can try to extort you

What are some common strategies cybercriminals employ in extortion schemes and how can you mitigate the chances of falling victim to a cyber-shakedown? When it comes to coercing people into parting with their money, cybercriminals seem to have an endless bag of tricks to choose from. There are some tricks, that they favor more than others, … More 5 ways cybercriminals can try to extort you

Sextortion scammers still shilling with stolen passwords

The email includes the potential victim’s password as evidence of a hack, but there is more than meets the eye. Earlier in April, a new sextortion scam campaign was detected making the rounds in countries on both sides of the Atlantic. The spam emails that were detected by ESET’s research laboratory have been trying to … More Sextortion scammers still shilling with stolen passwords

Email sextortion scam, claiming victim’s paedophilia links, hits Irish mailboxes

ESET Ireland warning about scammers claiming they’ll release videos of victims watching illegal pornography unless paid 5000 GBP in Bitcoin. ESET Ireland has registered several related emails being sent to Irish mailboxes, threatening recipients with releasing videos of them watching illegal pornography online, unless they immediately pay the blackmailers 5000 GBP (5,611 EUR) in Bitcoin. The … More Email sextortion scam, claiming victim’s paedophilia links, hits Irish mailboxes

ESET records a wave of multi-lingual e-mail based (s)extortion scams scaring victims into payment

ESET continues to warn users of fraudulent e-mail messages that seek to extort money, especially from people watching online pornographic videos. The attacker in the email claims they have hacked the intended victim’s device and has recorded the person while watching pornographic content. The email also asserts that the video has not only captured the … More ESET records a wave of multi-lingual e-mail based (s)extortion scams scaring victims into payment

A closer look at “sextortion” scams

Cyberblackmail/sextortion again raises its not-so-pretty little head. For more than 30 years, I’ve had the privilege of assisting people get rid of viruses and other malicious software.  In the course of doing so, I’ve often been asked questions about computer security-related topics that are not product-specific.  Some are simple or easily answered; some are complex … More A closer look at “sextortion” scams